Our beloved Bishop Basil has asked us to adopt the Hauran region, one so full of oppressed people who need our help, our love and our prayers. ISIS and other radical militants are actively hunting, kidnapping, tortureing and murdering Christian men, women and children. Thousands have been shot, beheaded and even crucified! Millions are now refugees.
Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, we can reach out and extend the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who hunger to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy.
A Sister Diocese Program Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran and the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America The Orthodox who today live in much of the territory once known as Arabia Petraea – descendants of those converted to faith in Christ Jesus by St. Timon – comprise the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. The present “angel of Bosra and successor to St. Timon” is Metropolitan SABA (Esper). One of the most venerable Archdioceses of our Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of Bosra now finds itself facing very difficult times. Due to the frequency of warfare in that area, the attacks throughout of much of its territory by the Islamic State terrorists and the resultant violence, deprivation, and poverty; most of its people are refugees, having relocated to Damascus, crossed the border into Lebanon or departed for the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Gulf States.
Only 5-10% of the population remains Christian in this troubled land. It is easy to understand the reasons for vast emigration of Christians to Damascus, and elsewhere. Witnessing the horrors of war and fleeing the only home they've ever known is robbing Syria's children of their innocence and peace of mind. IOCC with its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, is helping traumatized children like these recently displaced from Idlib, through counseling that will equip them with the coping skills they need to deal with the loss and uncertainty in their young lives.
In a gesture of Christian love and support for Metropolitan SABA and his flock, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has committed itself to a “Sister Diocese” relationship with the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran.
Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, the example of our kind and loving Bishop, and the generosity of the faithful in our diocese, we can reach out with the kind of personal support that will enable us to partner in extending the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who have only begun to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy in ours.
For more information or to donate please contact Fr. Mark or go to http://www.iocc.org/